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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

First Dog Ears Books Poetry Give-Away


One recent afternoon the sun, reflecting off a vehicle outside in just the right way, threw the image of a stenciled sign in the window up to the ceiling of the bookstore. I’m not sure what made me glance up to see it. I don’t know if it’s happened before.

I do know that I’ve never before had an author propose to give away books at a signing, but that’s what’s going to happen at Dog Ears Books on Friday. Jeff Vande Zande, who will be at the bookstore from 4-6 p.m. Friday afternoon to read from and sign his latest book, Threatened Species, a novella and five short stories, will also bring and make available copies of his earlier books, and the first ten people to purchase Threatened Species will also receive a free copy of Jeff’s poetry collection. You can’t beat that—buy one book, which you can have the author sign and inscribe to you on site, and he’ll give you another. Pretty cool!

Vande Zande teaches at Delta College in Midland, and this will be his first visit to Northport. You can read my review of Threatened Species by clicking this link. The story is a road trip that begins in Michigan. There is fly-fishing involved, but basically it's about the relationship between a father and his young son. You can read more about Jeff by clicking here.

This is the rough schedule we’ll follow on Friday:
4:00 – 4:30 Refreshments and conversation; opportunity to purchase author’s books
4:30 – 5:00 Reading by author
5:00 – 6:00 More refreshments and conversation, plus another opportunity to buy books and have them signed by the author

Hope to see you at the bookstore on Friday! If you appreciate good writing and love Michigan books, don't miss this last author visit of the summer!

6 comments:

Jeff Vande Zande said...

The poetry collection I will give away is called Last Name First, First Name Last.

P. J. Grath said...

Thanks, Jeff, for the title. I almost wish you were coming today, except that I'm not ready!

torchlakeviews said...

PJ, you've been having a most wonderful summer over there. The image is just perfect, in so many ways. Jeff, I think I must buy Threatened Species for my favorite father and son fishing team. Um, no. I think I should buy it for me and pass it on to them after I've read it.

P. J. Grath said...

Another wonderful feature of REAL BOOKS, Gerry. I've started a story on that theme and may post it next week here on the blog.

Jeff Vande Zande said...

Well, ready or not, I am here. What I mean is that I'm in Traverse City . . . sitting down by the pool with the kids.

P. J. Grath said...

BY the pool? Not IN it? Jeff, take the plunge!